Weekend Writing Warriors: Full Metal Librarian (Undulations)

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I’m hopping back a bit from last week to just before Clyota meets the lawyer who will defend her in her murder trial, but right after she and Charlie trick the Pressman into eating vegetables by hiding them in chocolate cake, which in retrospect was a potentially dangerous idea—for the Pressman, not in general—and I’m ashamed of myself for exploiting the Pressman’s dietary quirks for a slapstick moment that doesn’t even belong where I put it.

I’m less ashamed of exploiting the receptionist, but she’s making a play for Charlie and clearly deserves what she gets:

Curves Ahead

“Oh, Citizen Mykota-Regold!”  the receptionist said, standing up and smoothing her baby-blue sweater dress. “Counselor Rhys-Hargaty is expecting you.”  Her eyes strayed to Charlie.  “Please follow me.”  She undulated away, and I and my entourage followed. 

I snuck a look at Charlie, who appeared to be more interested in the paintings on the walls than in cashmere-upholstered hipwork.  Reynard’s lens, though, seemed to be trained at an odd angle.

I snorted, and covered it with a cough as both men looked at me.

30 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Full Metal Librarian (Undulations)

  1. A lot of wonderful wording in this snippet–undulated away, lens…trained at an odd angle, cashmere-upholstered hipwork. I’m glad Clyota didn’t take offense, since it’s obvious how hard the receptionist is trying.

    • It’s really Reynard who’s staring . . . which honestly weirded me out at the time. How did he get from annoying cyberpaparazzi to a man who appreciates fine pneumatics? 😀

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